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Palm Desert Homestead Cabin, Best Views in Valley

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Palm Desert Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The “Birdcage” is a cozy, rustic cabin with breathtaking views of the Coachella Valley. Sited high atop the Cahuilla Hills (adjacent to Bighorn Golf Club) and enveloped by the Santa Rosa Mountains, it is only 2 miles from downtown Palm Desert.

My aunt and uncle homesteaded this land in 1948 and built the cabin, affectionately known as 'The Bird Cage'. Frequented by movie stars in the 1950s who valued its privacy, it's one of the last homesteads in our area.

The Birdcage has one bedroom with a new queen-sized bed, a bathroom with a good size shower, and a living/dining/kitchen room — all with beautiful views. The large patio is perfect for drinking morning coffee while the sun rises over the mountains, gazing at hawks soaring overhead during the day, or watching the Valley below transition from gold to pink as the sun sets behind you. And at night, the sky holds a canopy of twinkling stars.

With its proximity to nature, The Birdcage captures the ambiance of life in the Wild West, yet the restaurants and world-class shopping on El Paseo (the Rodeo Drive of the desert) are just a 5-minute drive down the hill. Sublime and safe, the entrance to the property is secured by electronic gates and flanked by a beautiful stand of date palms.


More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Member since: 2004
Call Owner
Speaks: english, german

About The Owner

We grew up using this property as our own vacation home. Now we want to share it with other. On the lower property we grow date palms and organic vegetables.

The Owner purchased this cabin in 1973

Why The Owner chose Palm Desert

You feel worlds away from the congestion of the city. Yet it's only a 5 minute drive to wonderful resturants and shopping. The peace of having wide open spaces and a view of the valley below cannot be beat.

What makes this cabin unique

It's fun to stay here, relaxing, exhilarating at the same time. You're close to hiking, town and all the amenities of the area, yet in this quiet beautiful setting. The city light view is so spectacular that you won't want to go to bed!!

Ask about your dog. Dogs over two years old, well trained are okay. We are dog lovers!


based on 11 traveler reviews

Palm Desert Homestead Cabin, Best Views in Valley
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Great location and private!

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Birdhouse. Ann was a pleasure to get to know and work with. Check in was provided with excellent directions. Once we arrived, front door was unlocked with a bottle of wine awaiting! Very secure spot with a million dollar view of Palm Desert. Less than a 5 minute drive to town and walking trails. If you are in for an adventure, we highly recommend this rental. We had no problems, heard coyotes every night and birds every morning. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, scenic, friendly, with an amazing view

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the Birdcage for 18 days in February 2016. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and were fortunate to have exceptionally warm weather while we were there. We ate outside almost every meal, enjoying the sunrise in the morning and the sunset and moonrise every evening. Needless to say we were early to bed and early to rise to take advantage of the view and the cooler mornings. The cabin is rustic with much memorabilia on the walls and on the shelves but with a good air conditioner and adequate supplies and equipment for eating at home during our stay. The owner is very friendly and helpful in every way. A great place to get away from it all and relax while enjoying the opportunities for golf and hiking in the Palm Desert area.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palm Desert, CA

Beautiful and Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

The Homestead Cabin was beyond my expectations. The pictures do not show the serenity and peace of the surrounding area, yet the location is only five minutes from Palm Desert and you're in nature on the date palm ranch.

The bed is incredibly comfortable and there are lots of good places to sit inside and out taking in the views.

The kitchen is fully functional and bar b quing outside looking at the city lights below is amazing.

I wish we could have stayed longer; we'll be back. Thank you, Ann for a wonderful, unique vacation!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Costa Mesa, CA

Incredible place!!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this cabin is amazing. The decor, location, view, and amenities all contribute to a feeling of complete serenity. The owner Ann and her daughter are extremely gracious hosts, and the bottle of Prosecco that is waiting upon arrival doesn't hurt either :-) This is a perfect retreat for anyone looking to escape the pressures of daily life, and I'm already looking forward to the next stay. In short, I couldn't recommend this gorgeous hideaway more highly and I encourage everyone to consider a stay here. You'll walk away feeling just like I do!!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vancouver BC

Those Crazy Canadians

  • 5 of 5

While looking for the perfect spot to spend Christmas and New Year's, we stumbled across 'The Birdcage', and immediately knew we had found a little piece of heaven! Put a call in to Ann, and yes, she had just had a cancellation. We were supposed to arrive on the 23rd, but were delayed until Christmas Day, and arrived at 5pm. Had the foresight to stop for wine, but where does one stop for food on Christmas Day? Pulled up to our cabin, and it was more than what we could have possibly imagined. Crisp night air, twinkling lights down below and our glorious little cabin. Decided to head down to Ann's and say our hellos, and there she was, packing up turkey dinner for us. Yes indeed...a little piece of heaven!

We had friends also visiting from Vancouver, and we invited them over for cocktails and dinner one night. Had to make use of our outdoor 'Tiki Bar' and mix a batch of Margaritas. This is something you only dream of telling your friends about. Yes, our own outdoor "Tiki Bar' along with one of those little outdoor wood ovens. Perfection.

The cabin is truly remarkable, and is almost a living museum. Retro and cool and oh so interesting. Every little corner holds a new something to discover. There's also a good stack of jazz and big band CD's, a good selection of books, a well equipped kitchen, and lots of outdoor space. Very warm and comfortable inside, and a great bed as well. One of the most excting things was waking up to so much light - all four walls have windows, so if you like to wake up to sunshine streaming in at 6:40AM, this is the place to do it. Loved it.

This place is truly something special, and it's as little or as much as you want it to be. We spent some lazy days just reading on the sunny deck, but also took advantage of everything else that was around us. Great hiking trails right outside the door. There's a book filled with brochures on things to do, as well as a whole list of recommended restaurants. Ann is incredibly helpful and full of information, and eager and willing to share.

So, our only worry is that everyone else is going to discover this little treasure and we'll never be able to get back in! It was a perfect setting - set high up in the hills and overlooking the lights down below. A little secluded yet very private. The views were truly magnificent.

We really can't rave enough about this place, and it's truly one of the most original and wonderful places we've ever stayed in. Can't wait to get back for another visit!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Funky and fabulous

  • 5 of 5

The Birdcage is everything Ann describes it as being!

If you want an eclectic, private, off the beaten path kind of place to stay, this one's great. At the same time, it is only a few minutes drive down the hill to central Palm Desert.

My wife and I loved having morning coffee on the huge patio area, watching all kinds of little birds fly into the ocotillo bush right in front of us to have their flower nectar breakfast......then in the evening to sit on the same patio and enjoy a glass of wine while watching the evening colour on the Joshua Tree mountains across the valley, until the stars and the lights of Palm Desert took over.

The bed is comfortable, the living/dining area the same, and the kitchen is well outfitted to make all kinds of meals. You can even use the barbeque as an oven if you really want to-we did, and it worked well. The pictures and decorations are eclectic and a bit eccentric, adding further charm to the cabin.

Ann is a gracious hostess, there when we needed to talk to her, but giving us privacy at all other times.

We highly recommend the Homestead cabin-we will certainly stay there again when we next visit Palm Desert!

David & Nancy

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful hikes and walks. The Coachella Valley is full of many activities and great shopping and restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Palm Desert Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 4 2016 - Sep 2 2016
2 night minimum stay
Low 2016 Season
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 6 2016
2 night minimum stay
Desert Trip Festival
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 9 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
BNP Paribas
Mar 4 2017 - Mar 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Music Festivals
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 23 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $55
Pet Fee $25
Refundable damage deposit $200

A detailed map will be sent prior to your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Palm Desert Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower with a window, view of mountains
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1),
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
Million dollar city light, star & mountain views. This Homestead Cabin has been in the family for 50 years, shower with window, shaded patio, including date palm grove, 500 sq ft, looks down on Bighorn Golf Club & Stone Eagle Golf Club. Surrounded by the natural desert with desert plants and wildlife. Behind our private gates, in Estate area of Cahuilla Hills, Palm Desert, rare homestead cabin preserved. The last homestead cabin surrounded by million dollar homes. Experience quiet serenity that is 5 minutes from El Paseo.

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